Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Readers don’t have to write books to know a lot about them—and writers would do well to respect the reader’s knowledge and expectations.
There’s a lot of conflicting advice that tells writers to never use words that end in -ing or to not use -ing words under certain conditions. Explore both the advice and the rationale behind it.
Explore the rationale behind writing advice before you choose to accept or reject it. Includes advice on semicolons, exclamation points, prologues, and opening stories with dreams.
How’s a writer to know what writing advice is good and what is better ignored? A continuation of an earlier post.
Many writers stop working on a manuscript before it’s truly finished. Polish stories to add resonance and to make them sing.
Tales and novels have different structures and purposes. Explore the differences and learn why telling tales in the middle of a novel is often not a good idea.
Suggestions for ways to use character names in fiction, especially at the beginning of stories when readers are just meeting the characters.
Excessive and unnecessary explanations can weaken the dramatic and emotional impact of sentences. Learn why explanations are often unnecessary and annoying.
Information on copyright law, fair use doctrine, and creative ways to use song lyrics and poetry in your fiction.
Lack of conflict between characters and lack of emotion-inducing scenes for readers will make stories flat, boring, and tedious. Discover why conflict and emotion are so important to fiction.